The Marvel machine kicks into high gear and plows ahead with Guardians Vol. 3 and Black Panther 2
Thanks to the coronavirus that has swept the entire world, this year has been the first time in over a decade that we haven’t gotten a new Marvel movie opening at the theatres. Back In January, we were promised ‘Black Widow‘ and ‘Eternals‘ by this time. Instead, we have been left without either of them or the Disney+ shows ‘WandaVision‘ and ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier‘. But that hasn’t stopped Marvel from planning sequels to two of their most popular sets of characters.
‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness‘ and ‘Spider-Man 3‘ are already shooting and ‘Thor: Love And Thunder‘ and ‘Ant-Man 3‘ are gearing up to start shooting early in the new year. Now we can add ‘Black Panther 2‘ and ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3‘ to the list.
A sequel to ‘Black Panther‘ is going to be tough to see. I, like so many other fans across the globe, are still mourning the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. Our beloved T’Challa passed on earlier this year at the young age of 43 from cancer and as such, it was thought that Marvel would take some time to determine how, if at all, they would continue the franchise. It is being reported that the sequel will begin filming in Atlanta from July of next year with cast members Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett returning with Wright’s character of Shuri understood to be taking on a much larger role this time around.
In the comics, Shuri took over the mantle of the Black Panther from T’Challa after his death and this COULD be a way forward for the franchise. The good thing is that the reports of Disney bringing Boseman as the title character back using digital technology has been furiously denied and as such, the writers will need to go into the comic books and give both Boseman and T’Challa a fitting and touching ending and tribute both. It is also reported that Tenoch Huerta is in talks to play the villain of the piece in the new film.
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3‘ has been scheduled to begin shooting towards the end of 2021. Although no casting announcements have yet been made, it is guaranteed that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Vin Diesel will be back once more for a third bout of action from the ‘A-Holes’. Pratt has also been confirmed as playing Starlord in ‘Thor: Love And Thunder‘ but to my mind, it would be nothing more than a cameo appearance to complete the storyline from the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ and to possibly set-up the third ‘Guardians‘film. Nothing is known regarding the storyline for the film but I will speculate that it will include the search for Gamorra after she vanished at the end of ‘Endgame‘ without a trace. James Gunn will be returning to the director’s chair once again after the unfortunate events that happened a few years back which saw him fired from the franchise. But as that is all water under the bridge now, we can look forward to seeing what he decides to come up with and bring us next.
With the announcement yesterday that ‘Deadpool 3‘ is also in development and Mahershala Ali’s ‘Blade‘ reboot on the horizon too (rumors are it will be R rated), Marvel has managed somehow to afford to have taken this year off as its output for the next few years is now assured. We can rest easy in the knowledge that our comic book entertainment is lined up, ready to keep us entertained and hooked as we move towards later this decade and the arrival in the MCU finally of the ‘Fantastic Four‘ and ‘X-Men‘ ahead of the fifth ‘Avengers‘ film.
2020 may have been a washout but expect Marvel to hit back in a rather large way from January 2021 and the arrival of ‘WandaVision‘.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!